The project is the development of a spec single family home on a standard Chicago lot (25' x 125') with RS3 (single family) zoning. The zoning requirements are included in the files. The address is 2634 W Belden, Chicago, IL 60647. Pictures are provided but a google street view search will give you a good feel for the street.
I'm picturing something that is modern but still gives somewhat of a nod to the surrounding houses (pictures of existing structure and street). Of course that's just what I'm thinking. If I had a strict vision I wouldn't be on here.
-Please see the attached Chicago Zoning Summary for RS3 guidelines.
-3 bedrooms + office/nursery on one level (presumably second floor)
-laundry room on same level as master bedroom (presumably on second floor)
-walk-in pantry in kitchen
-computer desk in kitchen
-mudroom-type area for shoes, coats, etc. at back entryway
-Back deck (outdoor space is big in Chicago)
-Roof deck with indoor area for kitchenette (stairs to this might be tough to squeeze in on the second floor), and will probably conflict with height limitation
-With so much to squeeze in on the second floor the first floor almost becomes too big as a family room + living room is a little redundant. Maybe the front porch will take up some of that space?
-I expect the house will have to be around 3,500 sq ft to fit everything in and to make it financially feasible i.e. some buyers will pull out their calculator to make sure they price they're paying per sq foot is justified, but anywhere from 3,200 to 4,000 may work
My plan is to use the design to build the home so the first criteria is practically, particularly with regard to construction costs and code requirements. Marketability is the second criteria, which overlaps some with the first but would include the appeal of the design.
I assume most of the designs will be inherently "green" although new ideas never hurt.